97 minutes, Palestinian Territories, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

Omar is a Palestinian baker in a divided territory, accustomed to crossing the separation barrier of the West Bank, dodging surveillance and the occasional bullet, so that he might see Nadia, the woman he loves. He keeps the romance a secret from his close friends Amjad and Tarek, particularly as Tarek is Nadia’s brother. Tarek is increasingly frustrated and angry about the way they are treated by the Israeli authorities, and advocates militancy.

After suffering a humiliating incident at the hands of the security services, Omar agrees to go along with Tarek’s call to arms, and a deadly act of resistance sets him on a path of violence, torture, suspicion, mistrust and betrayal. The latest film from director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) is a thrilling action movie that contains provocative and pertinent political concerns, and features notably committed performances from a striking young cast. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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★★★★★ RTÉ Ten    ★★★★ The Irish Times

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